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Assignment 9 - Matthew Thompson Journal Entry # 9 Section #...

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Matthew Thompson Journal Entry # 9 Section # 4 The one rule to “the game of life” is to maximize your points. This can only be accomplished through a Win/Win situation in which the two teams work together. If this is done correctly, both teams will continually and evenly earn points. Both teams win because both teams maximize their points. However, such a situation is hard to maintain. For example, there was one time in high school that I was assigned a month long group project. At first things went really well between my partner and I. We each had equal say in the work that we produced and we each devoted equal time to the work. As the month wore on, however, the balance of power began to shift. It must have been cause by some underlying aspect of my partner’s personality; she more and more obsessive and controlling of the project. It got to the point that she would change whatever work I had done behind my back. In the end, I think our final grade suffered because of her actions. This experience drilled home the lesson that cooperative work most always leads to one ‘maximizing their points.’ The norm of social reciprocity states that power is in a continuum. As exemplified above, the most productive and efficient balance of power is a Win/Win situation, in other words a 50- 50 split between two parties. However, the eventuality is that the power will shift to one persons favor. One possible resulting situation is that you are the person that is winning, the person who has more power. If you are in this situation you must be cautious. Power is like a drug – the more power you have the more you will want. This is something you must be aware of, and not go too far, because the norm of social reciprocity states that a person wielding too much power will
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course EECE 213 taught by Professor Mendenhall during the Spring '11 term at Vanderbilt.

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Assignment 9 - Matthew Thompson Journal Entry # 9 Section #...

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